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The best original metal tapes in video game history

Soundtracks can easily be overlooked in video game development, but they have always been extremely important in other types of media such as movies and TV shows. With the evolution of games and its departure from a strictly visual activity towards storytelling, world building, immersive campaigns, the development of a soundtrack that complements the game has become essential.

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Rhythm games have found a place in the industry as well, but these soundtracks didn’t contribute as much to world-building and immersion as they were the basic game mechanics. However, actual soundtracks have evolved so much that it is not uncommon to have entire orchestras on tour playing video game songs, the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra for example is one of the many examples of the evolution. songs in games.

Nonetheless, a string quartet is not capable of encapsulating all the emotions in the world, and for those times when something more liberating, infuriating, and demon-slaying arises, the gaming industry has leaned on them. heavy metal musicians for more comfort. The following is a list of the best metal soundtracks that games have seen so far:

Tripwire Interactive’s most famous first-person shooter is a prime example of how a brutal soundtrack can enhance the cathartic feeling of failed science experiments like murderous zombies. The original game and the sequel lean heavily on the heavy metal genre to amplify the killing machine feelings within the players.

Notable tracks:

  • Murderer By Imminent Doom
  • Bitter End by Fit For a King
  • Death by Demon Hunter
  • Something more by living sacrifice

The entirety of the Japanese fighting franchise consists of some of the most memorable heavy metal soundtracks in video game history. The games have always been praised for their technical prowess, variety of combat, and distinguished soundtracks. Guilty equipment was rated as the best 2D fighting game ever created and was included in Complex’s “100 Best Video Game Franchises” list at number forty-seven. Daisuke Ishiwatari is the man responsible for creating and composing the incredible Guilty Gear franchise soundtrack, while other composers have been featured in the projects, Ishiwatari is the mastermind.

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Notable tracks:

  • Sheep will sleep (if you are tired)
  • A loneliness that asks for nothing in return
  • Always in the dark
  • Kill a dog as a sacrifice to the dog

Konami’s long-running franchise made a very abrupt change of direction in terms of genre, gameplay, soundtrack, combat with this Metal Gear title. Obviously, the stealth mission-based approach has nothing in common with this futuristic hack-n-slash title, but the fact that it’s a loud and fast-paced game made for a soundtrack. original heavier, which went well with the game.

Notable tracks:

  • A stranger I stay – Free Dominguez
  • Rules of Nature – Jason Charles Miller
  • The Stains of Time – Kit Walters
  • It must be like this – Jimmy Gnecco

Created by Double Fine Productions in partnership with Jack Black, Brutal Legend was a bizarre open-world, catchy and mind-boggling guitar title that bleed metal throughout. From Black himself, starring Lemmy Kilmister, Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Halford, and Lita Ford to the beautifully crafted soundtrack, this title might be the most unique fusion of metal and gaming we’ve seen. The set contained over a hundred pieces of metal from seventy-five different bands, ensuring there was something for every metalhead.

Notable tracks:

  • Symptom of the Universe – Black Sabbath
  • Pain reliever – Judas Priest
  • His ghost in the fog – Cradle of dirt
  • The Goliaths disarm their Davids – In Flames
  • Soul Tornado – Megadeath
  • Mr. Crowley – Ozzy Osbourne

The first-person shooter, released in 1996, was an instant classic. Building on ID Software’s massive success with the first Doom game, Quake instead relied on a Gothic aesthetic and Lovecraftian tales. Despite its rave reviews, half of the game’s developers left the team claiming irreconcilable differences and creative visions surrounding the project.

Fortunately, the project was over and players had a fantastic shooter game at their fingertips, accompanied by an original soundtrack developed by Nine Inch Nails. A curious aspect of the soundtrack is that Trent Reznor was a huge fan of the developers and agreed to provide his services for free. What we got was a heavy, dirty, weird soundtrack produced by, arguably, the best industrial metal band to ever do that.

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Notable tracks:

  • Quake Theme
  • Consequences
  • The soul room

The frenetic, action-adventure, frenzied hack and slash franchise has a long tradition of incorporating heavy metal tracks into its game. At Capcom’s request, this iteration of the game was developed by Ninja Theory, and it It was a complete reboot and redesign of the long-running series. The game itself received mixed reviews with fans not particularly fond of it, and critics giving positive reviews, nonetheless, Capcom nailed the soundtrack.

Made up of two relatively unknown groups Noisia and Combichrist, Dante’s adventure slaughtering demons and freeing the world from their cruelty is perfectly encompassed in this simple metal soundtrack.

Notable tracks:

  • Give me the death race
  • Pull the pin
  • No redemption

Mick Gordon has become responsible for composing some of the video game industry’s most distinctive metal soundtracks for games like Killer instinct, Wolfenstein, Prey, and countless other collaborations. But he was propelled to stardom after designing what could be considered the best metal soundtrack set to ever see when Doom rebooted in 2016.

While the same know-how was expected for Disastrous return, Gordon’s professional relationship with ID Software deteriorated, and fans would never see his complete work in a Doom game again. The good news is that his legacy will live on forever, as the perfect companion for the melee slaughter perpetrated by the Doom Slayer.

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The game was widely seen as a wonderful achievement of Bethesda and the ID software, but even with so many reviews in all directions, the soundtrack is something that stood out for fans and became a standalone project for. many metalhead players. This soundtrack is so good that non-player metalheads should definitely listen to it, even if they miss the opportunity to wipe out demons by doing so.

Notable tracks:

  • BFG Division
  • Tear and tear
  • Hell walker
  • At the door of fate
  • Rust, dust and hoses
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